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In “Defence” of the Constitution

Jay McAninch October 28, 2013

Considering John Adams’ writings on property rights, freedom and the constitution. The spelling of “defence” was the word type Adams used in his essay, “In Defence of the Constitution” from The Founders' Constitution, Volume 1, Chapter 16, Document 15. The word “Constitution” seems to convey an outdated and irrelevant guide to American living. I used it for this blog because it’s the title of a short essay by John Adams, our second president, that…

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Campaigning vs. Governing

Jay McAninch October 11, 2013

Every American is tired of hearing about the government shutdown, the endless dysfunction of our elected leaders, and the looming debt ceiling that again must be raised to fuel the federal government’s insatiable appetite. Many are tone deaf to arguments on both sides, while others take the Republican or Democratic position and pile on with endless finger pointing. Everyone has stakes in the outcomes, but it’s tough to find analysis that offers perspective. Although this is treacherous…

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Someone’s Always Watching

Jay McAninch October 8, 2013

I recently spent a week with my 8-year-old grandson Bart, an avid football fan. Unfortunately, my son Ben has brainwashed Bart to believe the Pittsburgh Steelers are the best team. And while my grandson does enjoy following players on other NFL teams,  he lacks respect for my Green Bay Packers. The highlight of Bart’s week with us was when we loaded Grams into the car and drove to Latrobe, Pa., to take in the Steelers’ training camp. We arrived with Bart knowing most players on…

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Online Sales Tax Update

Jay McAninch September 26, 2013

Consumers spent nearly $4 trillion buying products online in 2012, a continuing trend that concerns “brick and mortar” retailers. Online sales are not subject to sales tax, which gives online retailers an advantage over traditional retailers. In the archery industry, “brick and mortar” retailers have long lamented this disadvantage, especially when factoring in the time and money they invest in growing archery and bowhunting in their communities. The federal government oversees…

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